- When dining at the BLT steakhouse in Washington DC, Trump was served with precision.
- Waiters had to follow a seven-step process for serving Diet Cokes, according to Washingtonian.
- Trump reportedly ate the same meal every time he visited the restaurant.
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When former President Donald Trump ventured outside of the White House to the BLT Prime restaurant inside the Trump International Hotel, his penchant for Diet Cokes came with him.
In a Washingtonian magazine report, employees revealed how the restaurant had an intricate, seven-step process for serving the soda to Trump.
Employees were instructed to follow a “Standard Operating Procedure” handbook, which Washingtonian obtained, whenever Trump was dining at BLT Prime.
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the first step involved a waiter “discreetly” offering a small bottle of Purell hand sanitizer for the former president, a self-described germaphobe.
The waiter then greeted Trump and asked if he preferred his Diet Coke with or without ice.
The third step involved the waiter presenting a polished tray with chilled bottles and glasses to be used for either of Trump’s preferences.
The waiter would then open the bottle of Diet Coke within sight of Trump.
Next, the waiter would hold a bottle opener “by the lower third” and the Diet Coke in the same position while popping the bottle open.
Once poured, the drink was then placed to the right of Trump on the dining table.
The final step? The waiter had to repeat the process until the former president left the restaurant.
While dining, Trump reportedly ate the same meal with his Diet Coke, which included popovers, shrimp cocktail, and a well-done steak. Favored dessert options, which Trump didn’t always indulge in, included an apple pie or chocolate cake.
In the Oval Office, Trump reportedly consumed a dozen Diet Cokes a day, using a red button on the Resolute desk to request the sodas.